gain control

How I Gained Control

Blog #218: No, I am not a drug dealer or a doctor, but I do carry a pager. Recently, we were out with friends for dinner and my pocket started to vibrate. I reached in and pulled out my pager. Our younger friends looked at me with suspicion – I think they might have only seen these electronic relics in movies. Their questions started an interesting conversation. I have chosen

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Goals: Write Them Down!

Blog #217 Recently, Reka and I returned from a conference in Dallas where we took a few extra days to have our own personal retreat. Since we are both essentially Solopreneurs, this works well for us. Because our business and personal lives have become so intertwined, we weave in a combination of our business objectives and personal goals. Next month, we will be facilitating a couples retreat and we needed

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Just Because You Can Doesn’t Mean You Should – Delegate!

Blog #216 I often see this challenge with smart people. Typically, these are people who can figure out how to do almost anything…but the real question is just because they can, does it mean they should? More often than not, the answer is no, they shouldn’t do it. An easy way to determine this is to ask yourself if the task you are doing is the highest and best use

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Discovering Your Life-Changing Goal

Blog #215 When you’re going on vacation, you probably don’t jump in the car and start driving. Most folks typically have a destination in mind and have likely done some research, packing, and preparation. In fact, just getting in the car and hoping that things will work out seems utterly ridiculous. And yet, that is how most of us lead our lives. Often, we act in a reactive nature to

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Define Success on Your Terms, Part 2

Blog #214 Last week, we discussed The Life Balance Wheel and how you can use it to help you identify your strengths and weaknesses by defining them in your own terms. This week, we are going to take it a step further. We are going to provide you with a tool to help define what success truly looks like – for you. Click this link to access a video on

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Define Success on Your Terms, Part 1

Blog #213 I’m going to go out on a limb here: I think we have lost perspective on what success looks like. We have abdicated this role to reality TV, big advertising, our peers, even our parents. Contrary to what our country’s media shares with us, I believe we are living in the most exciting and abundant times in history. Almost every data point confirms it, but we are not

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3 Easy Steps for Managing Subcontractors

Blog #212 As our economy begins to grow towards more of a Solopreneur/gig-based economy, I often see a clear disconnect with subcontractors. What I mean by this is that whether you are hiring contractors, or you are a contractor yourself, managing this dynamic is important to ensuring a good fit and boundless long-term success. Here, I will outline three steps to keep in mind when working with subcontractors: Provide a

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6 Specific Tips for New Hire Training

Blog #211 In last week’s blog, Onboarding New Employees, we discussed three critical steps to follow when hiring a new employee. This week, we will explore six specific things you can do to ensure you are on the right track when onboarding a new hire. Oddly enough, I think one of the areas that most managers lose sight of in their day-to-day work is managing, yet it is the #1

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Onboarding New Employees: 3 Steps for Success

Blog #210 Finding and keeping quality employees is one of the biggest challenges most growing organizations face, especially in our booming economy. There are numerous books and articles that explain how to best attract and retain talent, ensure a culture fit, and select the best compensation plans. Without a doubt, these are all important factors; however, I believe there is an area with the potential to massively impact the process

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Intention Matters

Blog #209 My favorite author, Patrick Lencioni, has a book entitled Getting Naked. This book does a fantastic job of outlining what I believe to be one of the best ways to approach business development, especially if you are in B2B sales or in some sort of a consulting position. I recently got to spend the better part of a day with Patrick at a conference, and I realized that

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